Borthwick to assist Force

Date published: December 8 2016

England assistant coach Steve Borthwick is set to advise the Western Force on a two week basis.

The former England international who has been chosen by Warren Gatland as an assistant coach for the British and Irish Lions tour will fly to Perth this week to coach the Force for a fortnight. 

Borthwick has been instrumental in fine-tuning the England forwards into one of the most formidable packs in the world and the Western Force will hope Borthwick can do the same with them during his short spell.

England coach Eddie Jones is hoping that Borthwick will gain some insight on how to beat the All Blacks when the England assistant coach travels with the British an Irish Lions coaching team in June.

"It's a great learning experience for him and he gets the opportunity of learning how to beat the Kiwis, which is important," Jones told Sky Sports HQ.

"He's a very analytical coach, a very serious coach and he knows more about line-outs than anyone else in the world.

"He gets the chance to learn about New Zealand rugby culture and the chance to play basically 10 Tests against the best players in New Zealand and by the end of it, if he hasn't beaten New Zealand he should know how to beat New Zealand."